What are the key dates and actions I need to be aware of?

    • Thursday 3/21 – Web app opened to faculty to input advising preferences and complete information
    • Tuesday 3/26 @ 11:59 pm PT – Faculty preference for group vs. individual advising due via the web app. If group advising is selected, you must provide four different dates and times of availability. Please hold all four on your calendar until one session is assigned. If individual advising is chosen, you must provide scheduling instructions (Doodle, email, etc.)
    • Wednesday 4/4 (at the latest) – Group sessions assigned through ACG system
    • Monday 4/8– Wednesday 4/10 @ 9:59 am PT – Web app opened for returning students to opt-out, or to keep or change their current Faculty Advisor 
    • Wednesday 4/10 @ 10:00 am PT – Web app accessible to all and new students to select faculty on a first-come, first-served basis
    • Monday 4/15 – Friday 4/26 – Faculty Advising sessions take place
    • Monday 4/22– Phase I of course enrollment begins in Cal Central

What does the faculty advising online web app do?

  1. CalNet authentication. When you navigate to the Advising web app url you will be prompted to log in using CalNet authentication.
  2. Student and faculty interface. The web app provides both a faculty and student interface and allows faculty to self-report advising areas.
  3. Faculty provides advising preference. The system will initially ask for your advising preference, either group or individual advising. If you opt for group advising, the system will prompt you to provide four dates and times in which you would like your group advising session scheduled. Department staff will get back to you by the designated date with confirmation of your date, time and room assignment. If you opt for individual advising the system will prompt you to provide instructions to students regarding how you wish to set individual appointments (i.e. Doodle, contact your assistant, email you directly, etc.).
  4. Students choose their own advisor. The department no longer assigns Faculty Advisors. Students are provided a list of available faculty and will have the opportunity to select their own Faculty Advisor. Faculty Advisors will have a predetermined number of advising slots, these slots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  5. Alignment of faculty student interests no longer “options” driven. The web application will not use options as a way of guiding students to a particular Faculty Advisor. Instead the system will use a faculty’s self-reported advising area of EE, CS or EECS. Faculty will provide a greater level of specialization by listing their sub area (i.e. Artificial Intelligence, Integrated Circuits, etc.). Students are also advised to select faculty with advising sessions that work optimally with their Phase I appointment time.
  6. Viewable advisee information. Faculty will be able to view FERPA protected information only for their students (including student emails, advisor codes and GPA) in a password protected environment. **This information should never be projected or shared with students**

What if a student misses my faculty advising session?

  • It’s ok if a student misses your Faculty Advising session. Students can attend your office hours if they wish to
  • As always, students with course related questions will have priority over advising questions
  • Beginning the 2016-2017 academic year, no paperwork needs to be signed by faculty advisors, or submitted to staff advisors

What are students supposed to bring to my advising session?

Student should come with questions regarding course selection, graduate school, and industry questions. Students are not required to bring any paperwork, but they can use the following Degree Planning Worksheets to help them plan for their future semester schedule:

  • A completed Degree Planning Worksheet: EECS or CS
  • Beginning the 2016-2017 academic year, no paperwork needs to be signed by faculty advisors, or submitted to staff advisors.

Do graduating seniors need to do anything special?

Students in their final semester are not required to attend Faculty Advising, they should make an appointment with their ESS Advisor for EECS, and CS Advisors for LSCS for a final degree check.


Faculty Advising is managed by the Center for Student Affairs in 205 Cory Hall.
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